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Don't follow the Sheryl Cwele case and go easy on drug users

by , 23 August 2013
Convicted drug dealer, Sheryl Cwele, has a reduced prison sentence. From her original term of 20 years, she'll now only serve 12 years. The courts have gone easy on the security minister Siyabonga Cwele's wife. But should you go easy on drug users in your workplace? Absolutely not!And here's why...

Sheryl Cwele appealed her sentence earlier this week and the courts reduced it to 12 years, reports News24. Critics say the courts have gone easy on her because of her connections.
 
But should you go easy on drug users in your workplace?
 
The answer is a resounding NO!
 
The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management says that ignoring drug use puts your business in peril...

Here's why.

Doug comes into work smelling of dagga. He's a data capturer. He spends all day giggling at joke websites on his computer until his co-worker reports him to you. You tell him not to do it again, but because there was no harm done, you let him off with a verbal warning...
 
Here's what happens if you 'go easy' on drug users in the workplace...
 
- You set a precedent that other, more serious offenders can use to strengthen their case against you.
- You set an example to junior staff members that the company doesn't take drug use seriously.
- You enable the drug user to carry on their self-destructive habits.
- You put your business at risk as the drug user might offend again, putting more money or people at risk.
 
Bottom line: Take each case on its merits. But if you have a slack substance abuse policy, you put your entire business at risk. And if Sheryl Cwele can't get off scott free, why should your employee?

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